Merit Vegan Cuisine
548 Lawrence Expy, Sunnyvale
This all-vegan restaurant serves up Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Chinese and Japanese fare in a serene and casual setting. Their house special rice clay pot ($12) is a symphony for the senses: the smell of herbs and ginger will tantalize the tongue and olfactory, as the sound of sizzling rice captivates the ears.
Mint & Basil
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This local chain’s menu has Southeast Asian flavors, with influences from Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand. Their autumn rolls ($6) with vegan sausage are a perfect emulation of the popular Vietnamese nem nuong cuon, and their ginger chicken ($10), with its tangy flavor, will convert even the most hardcore meatatarian.